Pacific Crest Trail (Hood River)


Bridge of the Gods Trailhead to Indian Springs:

This section of the Pacific Crest Trail runs from Bridge of the Gods Trailhead at Forest Road 221 (north) to Indian Springs Campground (south).  The trail climbs gently through vine maple and scattered fir to dense stands of old-growth forest. Entering the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness, the hike passes the rugged canyons of Eagle and Herman Creeks on the way to Benson Plateau and Wahtum Lake Basin. Trail is part of a multi-day loop opportunity. Features: At 14.4 miles, hike the extra 0.2 mile to Chinidere Mountain for views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and Mount St. Helens. Junctions with the Gorge Trail #400, Teakettle Spring (7.1 mi.), Wahtum Lake and Eagle Creek Trail junction (15.6 mi.), Indian springs Campground (18.6 mi.).

Indian Springs to Lolo Pass:

This section of the Pacific Crest Trail runs from Indian Springs Campground (north) to Lolo Pass (south).  From the Indian Springs Trailhead (4,240’) (shared with Indian Spring Trail #435), the trailheads south and follows Waucoma Ridge, which serves as part of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness boundary.  There are spectacular views along Waucoma Ridge.  After 5.7 miles the trail reaches the junction with Buck Peak Trail #615 (4,480’).  #615 makes a nice side trip to a summit with nice views (0.4 mile).  This trail continues south from the junction and descends gradually for 3.2 miles to the junction with Huckleberry Mountain Trail #617 (4,000’).  #617 heads downhill 2.1 miles to Lost Lake.  Continue heading south to stay on this trail (#2000) 4.1 mile further, descending to Lolo Pass (Forest Road 18/Lolo Pass Road).    

Barlow Pass to Lolo Pass:

This outstanding trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness. his section of the Pacific Crest Trail runs from Barlow Pass (south) to Lolo Pass (north).

Barlow Pass to Frog Lake Sno-Park:

This section of trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness.  This is a very scenic trail with several viewpoints along the way.  This is a well used trail with narrow tread and level footing.  

Trail Description: This trail starts at Forest Road 3531 (4,120’) near Barlow Pass and ends at Frog Lake Sno-Park (3,920’) near Wapinitia Pass (US Hwy 26).   Visitors can return the same way (9.8 miles total) or make a loop by turning (east) onto Twin Lakes Trail #495 and travelling 3.5 miles back to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.  Turn right (north) onto #2000 and travel 2 miles back to the Barlow Pass Sno-Park Trailhead.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes, and washouts. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains. 6/14/2018
Open Season: June
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply in designated wilderness.
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

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  Area/Length : 
130.1 miles